Friday, November 30, 2012

Carole Hanson Passed Away

by Dianne

I am sharing this information as I’ve received it so all who knew Carole are informed.  Carole Hanson went to be with her Lord and her husband, Ron.   She passed sometime between Tuesday evening (11/27) and Thursday morning (11/29).  A friend in the park went to check on her yesterday morning after realizing she had not seen Carole all day Wednesday --- finding her still in bed.  Conclusions are that she passed in her sleep.  

Carole was always enthusiastic when it came to planning and preparing any of our special events at the club house, whether it was the Hawaiian Luau, Build-A-Better-Burger, or taking a role as “Clairvoyant” in our Murder Mystery dinner.  

She often took on the responsibility as “shopper” for these occasions and shared her artistic talents and creativity when making table decorations for the festivities. She was a fun lady, a good friend, and had a wonderful sense of humor.  She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Any information I receive in regards to a memorial service will be shared. Anyone having information on next of kin that I can post would be appreciated.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Welsh Proverb

by Keith

"To be born privileged is not to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, 
but to be born with music in your soul and poetry in your heart."

This is an old Welsh proverb. 

Certainly it applies to all people, not just the Welsh!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Benefits of the Internet

by Keith

How wonderful is the Internet? Let me tell you two of the ways, both of which I enjoyed today.

For a long time now—so long that you may have experienced it at 35RV—the electric door lock on Pat's door of The Big White Horse failed to work. It would wiggle the hand lever, but appeared to not have enough power to lock or unlock that door.

And for a long time now, I've been thinking, "Gotta fix that!"

Today was the day. But a few days ago, I consulted my trusty repair counselor: Google. I learned this:
  • It's a very common problem on Ford pickups.
  • If you do it yourself, it's a cheap ($0.00) fix; if the dealership does it—a few hundred??
  • Some guys reported doing the first one in about 3 hours; later ones in less than an hour.
  • Kind souls had posted instructions as to the problem and the solution on the /net.
  • Even kinder souls had posted how-to videos!
Armed with this valuable information, I sallied forth, tool box in hand.

I'll simply say that the effort was successful! While it took me five or six hours, there was a bit of football-game watching, some tool setbacks, and a stripped Torx head which indeed slowed me down.

That's the good news. The bad news: the back door on Pat's side appears to need the same treatment. Bummer.

Now to the other joy provided by the Internet. 

I noticed that Rick was on the computer, so called him on Skype. (Another marvelous invention/feature/tool, by the way.) He had just this afternoon returned from the woods, where they apparently have no razors. It was great to talk to and see he and Dianne!

Ahh, the Internet! What a marvelous invention!

Friday, November 9, 2012


by Tom Carl, via Keith

Dianne & Tom Carl
Photo taken May, 2012
Hello, everyone. Just wanted to bring y'all up to date on my health issues.

It's been about 27 months since my bladder cancer diagnosis/surgery and I have been seeing the doctor on an regular basis for follow-up tests, treatments. During the past year, I have been going in every 3 months for cystoscopy's and treatments.

Today I had another cystoscopy and the results were very good. The doctor said everything looks good and he is pleased with the results. I now can move to the next phase, which is having the cystoscopy's at 6 month intervals! That is great news!!!!!!!!

I'm feeling great, except for a few extra pounds that I put on during our recent trip to the southwest. I'll most likely start my diet while in Texas (yeah, right!!).

Hope all is well with y'all; it sure is with me!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless all of you!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Political Commentary

Comment from Julee & Tom on November 9:

Thanks, Keith for speaking up and standing for what we all feel really strongly about. I appreciate you doing that.